Cheasapeake Virginia Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
Roosters AllowedNo
Permit RequiredNo
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Additional InformationLivestock, domestic. Animals normally raised on a farm, or as part of commercial agricultural or animal husbandry operation, or normally used for purposes related to agricultural production or commerce, wildlife farms and rehabilitation facilities. Livestock, including animal breeds derived from livestock, shall not be deemed to be pets and may not be maintained as an accessory to a residential use unless specifically permitted under this zoning ordinance. Livestock shall be divided into two (2) groups: (1) Large animals--including horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, cattle, swine, goats, sheep, and similar breeds. (2) Small animals--including chickens, except as provided for in the definition of pet, turkeys, and other types of fowl, rabbits, except as provided for in the definition of pet, fish, except as provided for in the definition of pet, and breeds similar to those listed as small animals. For the purpose of this ordinance, the limitations set out in other sections of this ordinance on the number of animals per acre shall apply only to large animals. (Ord. No. 96-O-072, 5-21-96; Ord. No. 05-O-010, 2-15-05) Sec. 10-6. Nuisance; noise. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any animal or fowl that creates a public nuisance as provided in section 10-45 of this article. (Ord. of 6-13-63, § 3-2; Code 1970, § 4-2; Ord. of 4-27-82; Ord. No. 98-O-159, 10-27-98; Ord. No. 09-O-130, 11-24-09) Note: This section shall become effective January 1, 2010. Cross references: Noise, § 26-121 et seq. Sec. 10-4. Burial or cremation of dead animals or fowl. (a) When the owner of any animal or grown fowl which has died knows of such death, such owner shall within 24 hours have its body cremated or buried. If the owner fails to do so, the judge of the general district court, after notice to the owner if the owner can be ascertained, shall cause any such dead animal or fowl to be cremated or buried by an officer and other person designated for the purpose. Except as provided in section 10-5, such officer or other person shall be entitled to recover from the owner of every such animal or fowl so cremated or buried the actual cost of the cremation or burial to be recovered in the same manner as officers\' fees are recovered, free from all exemptions in favor of such owner. (b) Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor. (c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require the burial or cremation of the whole or portions of any animal or fowl which is to be used for food or in any commercial manner. Sec. 10-19. Compensation for livestock and poultry killed by dogs or hybrid canines. (a) Any person who has any livestock or poultry killed or injured by any dog or hybrid canine not his or her own shall be entitled to receive as compensation therefor a reasonable value of such livestock or poultry, not to exceed $400.00 per animal or $10.00 per fowl. (b) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the common law liability of an owner of a dog or hybrid canine for damages committed by it, and when compensation is paid as provided in subsection (a) of this section the city shall be subrogated to the extent of compensation paid to the right of action to the owner of such livestock or poultry against the owner of the dog or hybrid canine and may enforce such in an appropriate action at law. (c) Claimants for damages shall: (i) notify the animal control unit of the incident within 72 hours of its discovery and (ii) furnish evidence to the animal control coordinator, within 60 days of discovery, of the quantity and value of the dead or injured livestock or poultry and the reasons the claimant believes that the death or injury was caused by a dog or hybrid canine. However, no payment by the city shall be made under this section unless and until (i) the claimant provides sufficient evidence to the animal control coordinator that the claimant has exhausted the legal remedies against the owner of the dog or hybrid canine doing the damage for which compensation under this section is sought and (ii) an animal control officer has conducted an investigation, the results of which support the claim. (d) Any person who presents a false claim or receives any money on a false claim under this section shall be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. (Code 1970, § 4-6.1; Ord. of 6-26-73; Ord. of 4-27-82; Ord. No. 98-O-159, 10-27-98; Ord. No. 04-O-110, 7-27-04; Ord. No. 07-O-001, 1-9-07)
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